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Productivity and Taxes as Drivers of FDI

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  • Razin, Assaf
  • Sadka, Efraim

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We study the role of productivity and corporate taxation as driving forces of FDI among OECD countries in the presence of threshold barriers, which generate two margins for FDI decisions. Some simulations, based on the estimation results, suggest that there are marked differences in the sensitivity of FDI flows from the U.S. to productivity and taxes in OECD countries. Data on FDI flows are drawn from the International Direct Investment dataset (Source OECD), covering the bilateral FDI flows among 18 OECD countries over the period 1987 to 2003.The sensitivity of these flows to productivity in the U.K. is positive and high, relative to other EU countries and Japan. Similarly, the sensitivity of these flows to taxes in the U.K is negative and high, relative to other EU countries and Japan.

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  • Razin, Assaf & Sadka, Efraim, 2007. "Productivity and Taxes as Drivers of FDI," CEPR Discussion Papers 6299, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
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    corporate taxation; Foreign direct investment; productivity; selection and flow equations;
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    • F2 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business
    • F3 - International Economics - - International Finance
    • H2 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue

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